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gun violence. the nra is expected to speak out tomorrow in its first news conference since the tragedy. and abc's jake tapper joins us from the white house. with the very latest. you asked the president yesterday in the news conference, where have you been for four years on this issue to eradicate semiautomatic weapons? >> reporter: that's right. then-senator biden had written that ban into law in 1994. but it expired in 2004. the vice president will be meeting with chiefs of police who support reinstating that ban. and the president will be reaching out to lawmakers to try to come up with post-newtown solutions. president obama had promised the citizens of newtown meaningful action. and in a morning press conference, he explained what that meant. an administration focused on preventing future tragedies by focusing on mental health, culture, education, and gun control. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst vi
violence. this morning, after days of silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unions have called for a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity clips. and for some longtime allies of the gun lobby, this week was a tipping point. >> never in my life did i ever think we would have 20 children slaughtered. so, it changed everything. >> reporter: there's signs this morning that everyone, including those that sell guns, are reassessing. at least for now. walmart has stopped online sales of the bushmaster r
dying breath i'm a proud owner and live time member with the nra i've always been i also have a responsible to say come to the table, i want to hear both sides. >> reporter: there will be more services today. abc news in new york reports there will be five funerals and six wakes there were nine funerals and wakes, yesterday including knows for a teacher and principal. the shooter and his mother nancy we heard about her concern for her son and his mental health. cnn is reporting the day before her death she returned from a short trip alone to a luxury resort in new hampshire. friends say in recent years she felt comfortable leaving adam at home, unsupervisedded. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> -- >>> santa clara county leaders will hold a vigil tonight for the victims of the school tragedy last night members of the bay area sikh community gathered to offer their prayers. after the vigil in fairfield, there was a discussion about issues related to the tradition including gun control and mental health aid. the congregation is inviting peep of all religions for another service sund
to head it, because he's the one that wrote the assault ban laws in '94. >> and don't forget, the nra having their press conference tomorrow. should be fascinating what they have to say. and, you know, kind of how their words are chosen tomorrow. >> we'll see. >>> one senator's plan calls for using the national guard to beef up security at the nation's schools. democrat barbara boxer wants money set aside for the nation's governors to call in the national guard to help school patrols. she also wants a $30 million annual grant for campus security increased to $50 million to buy more metal detectors and other school security needs. >> and part of the program may be able to fund the entire thing through the federal government. if school leaders and state leaders so choose, there will be federal money to finance that thing, but people say do we want to turn our schools into police states? that's the thing. >> i don't think it will save a child's life. we have to do something. we have to do something. but the other thing is, we don't know where this type of thing could happen. because it h
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